In yet another twist to the convoluted tale of missing 10-year-old Zahra Baker, a memorabilia website now claims to have two letters purportedly written by Elisa Baker, Zahra’s stepmother, from her Catawba County (N.C.) jail cell. If authentic, the letters clearly indicate that Elisa is not taking responsibility for the death of the missing child. Instead, according to the Charlotte Observer, Elisa Baker says neither she nor her husband, Adam, had anything to do with the death, but what Adam Baker, Zahra’s father, did after the child died was “horrifying.”
“We didn’t really kill her but what he did after the fact is kinda horrifying,” one of the letters attests. “Makes me scared of him.”
But what he did was not made clear. Still, what little information about the case that has reached the public lends itself to a series of possible horrible events that marked the last days of Zahra Baker’s life. Cadaver dogs have alerted to the scent of human remains in both the Baker vehicles. Dogs also alerted to a wood chipper and mulch pile on a property owned by a co-worker of Adam’s. And Zahra Baker’s prosthetic leg was found in a brushy area near an illegal trash dumping site. The three locations are in three different counties.
Eric Gein, the man who created the website serialkillersink.com, told the Observer that he received the letters after writing to Zahra Baker shortly after her arrest. Although he hasn’t talked with Hickory Police yet, Gein says he believes the letters to be authentic. He has been writing serial killers and murderers since the mid-1990s.
Gein, whose real name is unknown, put the letters up for sale on his website. The asking price: $1,250. Each.
Hickory Police could not confirm whether or not the letters were authentic. Deputy Chief Clyde Deal noted Tuesday evening that much of the information exposed in the letters was already available to the public. However, investigators made the letters part of the case and were attempting to ascertain whether or not they were written by Elisa Baker. Deal said he wasn’t certain of their importance.
Eric Gein, who lives and operates his website out of Jacksonville, Florida, spoke to AOL news Monday and to the Observer‘s news partner WCNC-TV. On HLN’s “Nancy Grace,” a narrator read extensively from the letters on the latest broadcasts.
“Crime website claims it holds Elisa Baker letters,” CharlotteObserver.com